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Persian Cat The Oldest Longhaired

Dec 25, 2007
The Persian cat is among the most beautiful of the world's cat breeds. It is also generally thought to be one of the oldest breeds. It probably originated in the Iranian plateau, which is the large area of land between the Mesopotamia and the Hindu Kush mountains. In Europe, this area was called Persia, and thus cats from that area were named after it. Owning a Persian cat has been said to be like owning a work of art - they're beautiful, but they also require special care.

The Persian cat has a dense and flowing coat of long hairs. These cats come in nearly every color. Solid color, tortoiseshell, tabby, and even blue are some of the common colors. Persian cats have big round heads, and medium built bodies with a short neck. They have wide set large round eyes, short and wide noses and small, rounded ears.

The body of the Persian is short and wide with a short bushy tail. They have thick short legs and firm round feet. Persians are medium in built weighing between 8 to 15 lbs. With proper care Persians can live up to 15 years and above. The Persian cat has a sweet, melodious voice.

Persians tend to be adaptable pets, meaning that they will get around with more households. However, being short-legged, Persians cannot jump high, and are not an active breed. While they will interact with their household in a friendly way, all Persian cats have their own personalities. This means that some will seem to be aloof, and will prefer a quiet home. Others will relish any kind of attention from humans.

If you have a Persian it is important to give your pet the proper care. Persians have some genetic health problems. These include constriction of the nostrils, dental malocclusion, tear duct overflow, and a condition called cherry eye. Some other health weaknesses peculiar to Persians are polycystic kidney disease, seborrhea oleosa, and entropion.

If you get a Persian, you will enjoy interacting with this intelligent, friendly cat. However, you will also need to work to maintain your pet properly. Persians can suffer from tear staining, and may need to have their faces washed. Their teeth should be brushed, and their coats cared for regularly. Since Persians have such long hair and can get tangles easily, you should brush your cat once a day for ten minutes. During months when the cat is shedding you should brush even more often.

Persian cats like all pets should have regular vaccinations such as rabies and other shots up to date. Regular check ups are essential to keep your pet happy and healthy. Remove all toxic plants from areas where your Persian can get in contact. Unless otherwise advised by your veterinarian, feed your cat only high quality cat food. Be sure to get a cat food that contains all the recommended nutrients to keep your pet in good conditions.

You can choose to have your Persian groomed regularly by a professional. If you choose to do the grooming yourself, make sure you have the right tools. Grooming supplies can be obtained from all pet stores. These should include towels, mild shampoo, a good pet brush, nail clipper and eye ointment.

Those who are looking for a laid back, affectionate cat may wish to investigate owning a Persian. These cats are a good choice if you are looking for a pet that is friendly and not too active. However, if you are not willing to commit to the amount of care needed by these cats, including regular grooming, you should try a breed that needs less maintenance.
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About the Author: Paulina Jenkins has a website where she shares information on all breeds of cats. The Persian Cat is one of the most ancient cat breeds.The Persian Cat is also considered to be one of the most beautiful and good natured cat breeds.
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